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Legitimacy somersaults

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Have a look at this Tweet by Paul Embery. It’s fascinating. It’s not the only one.  Dan Hannan has sent roughly the same message. 1.  The 2016 Referendum result was legitimate. 2.  Any further referendum would not be legitimate, but instead an act of the establishment trying to get its way because it didn’t like the result of the first.  [Notice, no ill intentions of the establishment intended in the first round]. 3.  Despite the second referendum – this is hypothetical at present, of course – being organised through regular constitutional processes, it would be legitimate to simply decide to do stuff via social media, to boycott said referendum, in a way that would leave its mark on the trajectory of the nation for all of us. 4.  Although a second referendum is prima facie

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Have a look at this Tweet by Paul Embery.

Legitimacy somersaults

It’s fascinating. It’s not the only one.  Dan Hannan has sent roughly the same message.

1.  The 2016 Referendum result was legitimate.

2.  Any further referendum would not be legitimate, but instead an act of the establishment trying to get its way because it didn’t like the result of the first.  [Notice, no ill intentions of the establishment intended in the first round].

3.  Despite the second referendum – this is hypothetical at present, of course – being organised through regular constitutional processes, it would be legitimate to simply decide to do stuff via social media, to boycott said referendum, in a way that would leave its mark on the trajectory of the nation for all of us.

4.  Although a second referendum is prima facie evidence of an establishment/elite simply ignoring the will of the people and doing what it wants to get its own way, Paul Embery, holder of high Trades Union office, and a considerable social media following [this could be considered to satisfy a working definition of establishment/elite], is acting in good faith and in no way inciting thwarting a constitutional process simply because he does not like the way the debate on EU membership is panning out.

Paul’s timeline, if you hold democracy and enlightened policy making in any regard at all, is one of the darkest and most miserable objects on the internet.  But you have to admire the effortless genius that produces these texts.  So much contradiction and poison packed into so few words.

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Tony Yates
Economist. Consulting, lecturing, a book. Ex Prof at Bham, Ex BoE staffer. Macro, policy, monetary econ, occasional nonsense.

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